ponderosa pine


pon·​der·​o·​sa pine ˌpän-də-ˈrō-sə- How to pronounce ponderosa pine (audio)
: a tall pine (Pinus ponderosa) of western North America with long needles usually in groups of two or three
also : its strong reddish straight-grained wood

Examples of ponderosa pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This small town lies within the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S., which is dotted with lakes and creeks, providing an arcadian backdrop to your stay. Brenna Gauchat, The Arizona Republic, 28 June 2024 He was stuck approximately 15 feet in the air on the branch, which was part of a ponderosa pine tree. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 24 June 2024 Historically, low-intensity fires in ponderosa pine forests burned naturally about every five to 25 years, maintaining an open stand for older trees. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2024 In addition to majestic views of Mount Rushmore, Under Canvas is surrounded by ponderosa pines and juniper, plus plenty of trails for nature walks. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 3 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ponderosa pine 

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Word History


New Latin ponderosa, specific epithet of Pinus ponderosa, from Latin, feminine of ponderosus ponderous

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ponderosa pine was in 1878

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“Ponderosa pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ponderosa%20pine. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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ponderosa pine

pon·​der·​o·​sa pine ˌpän-də-ˌrō- sə- How to pronounce ponderosa pine (audio)
: a tall timber pine of western North America with long needles in groups of 2 or 3
also : its strong reddish straight-grained wood

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